THANK YOU FOR VOTING 

IN THE 2018 ASUC GENERAL ELECTIONS 

 

2018 Voter Turnout

Congratulations to our newly elected 2018-2019 Elected Officials!


 President: Alexander Wilfert

Executive Vice President: Hung Huynh

External Affairs Vice President: Nuha Khalfay

Academic Affairs Vice President: Melany Amarikwa

Student Advocate: Sophie Bandarkar

 

 

Senate Class:

James Li
Isabella Chow
Justin Greenwald
Amir Wright
Zach Carter
Teddy Lake
Anna Whitney
furry boi
Anne Zepecki
Idalys Perez
Nick Araujo
Karina Sun
Aaron Bryce “Moon Young” Lee
Saakshi Goel
Regina Kim
Imran Khan
Nikhil Harish
William Wang
Amma Sarkodee-Adoo
Andy Theocharous

 

 

 

Passed:

Proposition 18A (Enrollment Clarification Act)

Proposition 18B (Student Transformation through Academic Recruitment and Retention (STARR))

 

 

2018 ELECTIONS TIMELINE:

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Fall Elections Infosession

7pm-9pm, Senate Chambers

11/9/2017
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Spring Elections Infosession

6pm-8pm, Senate Chambers

2/22/2018
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Filling period

turn in Callink forms online and payment to LEAD Center Business and Finance Window (open M-F, 10-5)

3/5/2018 - 3/16/2018
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Mandatory Elections Meeting

7pm-11pm, Senate Chambers

3/20/2018
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Point of No Return Meeting

 Senate Chambers, 3pm-4pm 

3/23/2018
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Draft of Elections Information Guide sent to Candidates for Review

3/29/2018
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Elections Information Guide published

4/2/2018
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Voting Period

412 Eshleman and Dwinelle Plaza, 9am-4pm

4/9/2018 - 4/11/2018
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Paper Ballot Tabulations

1pm, 540 Eshleman

4/12/2018
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Tabulations Ceremony

Pauley Ballroom,  6:30pm-9pm 

4/13/2018
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Clean Up Weekend

this event is not mandatory and no sign-ups will be released, however, if any campaign materials are found on campus after 4/15/18, the Elections Prosecutor will accordingly handle all investigations and give out appropriate censures.

4/14/2018 - 4/15/2018

GENERAL ELECTIONS INFORMATION

Each year the ASUC holds a regular election to choose its five Executive Officers and twenty Senators.  All members of the Association, that is all undergraduate and graduate students at UC Berkeley, can vote. Regular elections are held the second week following the Spring Break in early April. Students vote using the Ranked Choice System which guarantees diverse and proportional elections results. Furthermore, students can vote on referendum propositions. Referendum propositions can be placed on the ballot by the ASUC Senate, Graduate Assembly, or a petition of the student body. Lastly, special elections can occur to recall officials or in some other limited circumstances.

Pursuant to ASUCBL: 4106: “Party Names for Identification Purposes Only. Parties may be freely formed by any students. Party names do not imply any affiliation to or endorsement by an person, organization, living group, or academic department unless otherwise noted.”

This website is available year-round as a resources to voters, candidates, parties, and proposition proponents/opponents. Please note that the website is usually updated during the winter break for the following elections cycle. During the voting period, the link to vote will appear on this page.

For more info, read through this website, check out the comprehensive Elections Bylaws or contact the Elections Council (all available below).

Voting

Voting Period & Locations

The voting period for the 2018 regular election will be from Monday, April 9, 12:01 AM to Wednesday, April 11, 11:59 PM. You can access the online voting system here.

Additionally, there will be one on-campus polling station in a location that will be announced shortly. You can vote by electronic or paper ballot at the polling station. The station will open no later than at 9:00 AM and will close no earlier than at 4:00 PM each day of the voting period. To vote with a paper ballot, you will need either (a) your Cal1Card or (b) a photo ID and an official document establishing your student ID number.

The regulations related to voting and your rights can be found in ASUC Bylaw 4103: Voting.

About Ranked Choice Voting

The ASUC uses ranked choice voting to choose its elected officials. Voters can rank candidates in order of preference on the ballot. To count the votes, we use the Instant-Runoff Voting (IRV) method for executive officers and the Single Transferable Vote (STV) method for the senate race (click the wikipedia links for more technical info).

Under the IRV method if no candidate receives a majority, then the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. That candidate’s votes are transferred to their next ballot preference. This method simulates an election with multiple run off rounds. With the IRV method, voters don’t have to worry about “wasting” their votes on less popular candidates and every winner is elected by a majority vote.

STV applies a similar method to a multi-seat race. It guarantees proportional representation, meaning that for example if a group of candidates receives 30% of the vote they will receive about 30% of the seats. STV allows candidates to represent any communities they want, instead of having to stick to traditional districts like housing or colleges, thus guaranteeing an election result representative of the student body’s diversity.

Elections Filing Forms

The filing period candidates and party endorsements for the 2018 Elections will open on Monday, March 5, 2017, 10:00 AM and close on Friday, March 16, 2017, 5:00 PM. Both candidates and parties must file these forms (including submitting payment in person to the LEAD Center) by the deadline.

Elections forms related to registering a new party, party signatory status, referendums, and recall elections are available year-round.

Elections Filing Forms

If you wish to amend a form you have already filed, please email elections@asuc.org.

If you wish to file an additional form, you will be able to do so by clicking “create a new one” on the form submission review screen.

For candidates, if you wish to run for additional offices please file an additional form. If you wish to switch what office you are running for but keep the same total number of offices email elections@asuc.org with an amendment.

Elections Voter Guide
This will be published by April 2, 2018.
Report Elections Violations

The Elections Rules are vital to ensuring a fair and democratic elections process. Please report any violations to the Election Prosecutor’s Office using CalLink. You can do this through the following steps:

1. Go to callink.berkeley.edu

2. Click “Organizations” and search for ASUC Elections Council

3. Find the “Campaign Violations Reporting Form”

4. Fill in all details, and submit!

All reports will be reviewed by the Elections Prosecutor. If you have any further questions, please email the Elections Prosecutor at electionsprosecutor@asuc.org.

Please note that the Elections Council as a whole does not vote on or discuss whether to charge suspects or not. This is at the discretion of the Elections Prosecutor.

Referendums & Recalls

Proposition Referendums

A referendum is a vote of the student body on a specific ballot question. The ballot question itself is called a proposition. Propositions can amend the ASUC governing documents, state an opinion of the student body, approve changes to student-initiated fees, and exercise other powers of the Association. Propositions are voted on during regular elections.

Propositions can be placed on the ballot by the ASUC Senate, Graduate Assembly, or by a petition signed by 10% of the student body. To appear in an election, propositions must be placed on the ballot by the end of the filing period. A Proposition Primary Proponent / Opponent Form (described below) must be submitted by the end of the filing period (for legislatively-referred propositions) and before any petition signatures are collected (for voter-initiated propositions). Please read the entirety of ASUC Bylaw Series 4300, linked below, before initiating a proposition.

Student Fee Referendums

Additionally, any propositions relating to student fees must also be approved by the campus Student Fee Referenda Committee (SFRC). Please note that the SFRC has very strict deadlines, and initial contact must be inited with SFRC by October 15 of the preceding year. SFRC will work with student fee referendum proponent through early spring semester to finalize the language of the student fee with the UC Office of the President. SFRC must approve the student fee before it is placed on the ballot. This means that proponents need the final SFRC-approved version of the student fee before the ASUC Senate or Graduate Assembly can pass a resolution placing the proposition on the ballot or before the proponents start collecting signatures to place it on the ballot via petition.

Recall

A recall election is a special type of referendum that can be used to remove any ASUC elected official from office. Recalls can be initiated at any time, by a petition signed by 25% of the number of people who voted in the previous election. Please read the entirety of ASUC Bylaw Series 4300, linked below, before initiating a recall.

Bylaws

To find out more about propositions, how to start a petition to place a question on the ballot, or how to initiate a recall check out ASUC Bylaw Series 4300: Direct Democracy.

Filing Form

Primary Proponents of a voter-initiated (petition) proposition or recall must file a Proposition Primary Proponent / Opponent Form (linked to in the Filing Forms tab) before collecting signatures. Proponents must use the online petition created by the Elections Council; other petition documents cannot be accepted. It can take approximately one to two weeks for the petition to be created by the Elections Council after the form is submitted, so please plan accordingly. The Primary Proponent is required to meet with the Elections Council for a drafting meeting before the petition is created. Additionally, the Primary Proponent must participated in a a public hearing held by the ASUC Senate on the proposition before the end of the filing period (the Senate does not vote to approve the petition or not, but any member of the Senate or student body can question the primary proponent at the hearing).

Primary Proponents of a legislatively-referred proposition must file a Proposition Primary Proponent / Opponent Form (linked to in the Filing Forms tab) after the Senate or Graduate Assembly votes to place the proposition on the ballot, but before the end of the filing period.

Elections Public Documents, Bylaws, and Tabulator

ASUC Elections Bylaws

Click here to read the elections rules contained in series 4000 of the ASUC Bylaws. Candidates, parties, and proposition proponents/opponents are responsible for knowing the most up-to-date version of the Elections Bylaws at all times. The Elections Bylaws provide a very comprehensive guide to all policies, rules, procedures, and regulations related to the operation of the ASUC Elections and all involved actors.

Public Documents 

Elections Council Public Documents can be found here.

The Audit Report 2018 can be found here.

Tabulator 

The code of the Tabulator, which is used to count votes, is open to public access and can be viewed here.

Tabulator Source Code

 

 

Election Results 2018

Elections Council & Contact Information

The ASUC Elections are organized by the ASUC Elections Council. The council is an independent body created by the ASUC Constitution, composed of eight voting members. The Chair, Assistant Chair, Prosecutor, and Auditor actively participate in the operation of the elections process. The Public Defender offers independent services to candidates. The Attorney General, Chief Personnel Officer, and Graduate Assembly designee generally advise the council and ensure oversight. Additionally, the nonvoting Judicial Council and LEAD Center representatives provided important resources to the council and act as liaisons to the other branches of the ASUC.

All of Elections Council: elections@asuc.org

Shirin Moti
Elections Council Chair
electionschair@asuc.org

 

Ken Lohatepanont
Elections Prosecutor
electionsprosecutor@asuc.org

 

Freya Chun
Elections Auditor
electionsauditor@asuc.org

 

Amber Duan
Assistant Elections Council Chair
electionsoffice@asuc.org

 

Uma Bhatia
CLO Designee

 

Emily Filkin
CLO Designee

 

Joseph Rodriguez
CLO Intern

 

Jen Shi
Chief Legal Officer
legal@asuc.org

 

Evan Cui
Chief Personnel Officer
personnel@asuc.org

 

Suryah Aryaei
Public Defender
publicdefender@asuc.org

 

David McSwiggen
GA Rules Officer
rules-ga@berkeley.edu

 

Kyle Ashworth
Elections Prosecutor Intern

 

Robert Lemons
Elections Prosecutor Intern

 

Tanya Tandon
Elections Prosecutor Intern

 

Emad Siddiq
Elections Prosecutor Intern

 

Roopkamal Randhawa
Elections Auditor Assistant

 

Brian Zhou
Elections Auditor Assistant

 

Carin Chang
Elections Auditor Intern

 

Adalie Palma
Elections Auditor Intern

 

Mickey Piekarski
Elections Council Intern

 

Jon Rey
LEAD Center Designee*
jonrey@berkeley.edu

 

Megan Fox
Advisor

 

Frank Albergo
Advisor

 

* non-voting members